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Kevin Habeck of Woodbury does not usually get this much attention when he sells fishing licenses at the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources. But when Gov. Tim Pawlenty stopped by on Wednesday, journalists followed. The governor said he would be in touch with St. Paul this weekend even though he will be fishing near the Canadian border on Lake Kabetogema. Photo/Don Davis

Fishing season opens at midnight, experts optimistic

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The walleyes should be in a cooperative mood when the season opens tonight at midnight, according to Park Rapids Area DNR Fisheries Supervisor Edie Evarts.

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"We completed our egg-take a couple of weeks ago and the walleyes should be hungry after spawning," Evarts said. "I've always assumed that walleyes are ready to eat as soon as spawning is over. They spent a great deal of energy to complete the spawning and now they need to replace that energy."

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